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People's Century: (Box Set) [VHS] [1995]

Sean Barrett , John Forsythe , Angus MacQueen    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Barrett, John Forsythe, Alfre Woodard
  • Directors: Angus MacQueen
  • Producers: David Espar, Tabitha Jackson
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 1440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CUUW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A box set of videos containing all twenty six episodes of the historical series that traced the development of the world from the perspective of the ordinary people. Using archive footage and personal testimonies it follows all the major incidents, political upheavals and social change.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riverting and brilliantly made 21 Sep 2000
By A Customer
This has to be the greatest documentary series I have ever seen. Letting the archive footage and eyewitness interviews speak for thenselves and without trying to proove anything, the makers deserve all the praise they got for this and More besides. However, perhaps the best thing about this series is the fact that each program is it's own seperate entity covering one particular subject and not trying to link all the subjects together. As a result this can be enjoyed either as a complete box set or as individual programmes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing 30 April 2003
I can only add to the praise in the other two reviews. This is an absolutely magnificent example of documentary filmmaking, and I am so glad that I found it on Amazon after looking for it many other places and after having seen bits and pieces of the series on the Discovery Channel. The information in the series is organised not so much in a time line, although there is that, as subject by subject. Among the topics to be discussed are the rise of nationalism in Europe after World War I, the development of sports as big business, the great advances in medicine in the latter half of the 20th century, the emergence of Communism in China, the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, etc. It is 27 hours of absolutely riveting television. I have watched it from start to end twice and will now put it away for a while and then watch it again - it's THAT good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best 10 Nov 2004
This is simply the best historical documentary ever put to film, I watched most of them on the BBC on Sunday afternoons and have seen some of them re-run on Discovery Channel. I do not own this selection though, mainly because I can not understand why the BBC have never released it on DVD and can't perceive that it is going to remain unreleased for much longer.
If you haven't seen it and are looking for a masterpiece of historical film making then you should bite the bullet and just buy VHS, you wont regret it and like someone else has said you WILL watch it again, it is THAT good.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable series 19 April 2001
By A Customer
People's Century, screened on BBC television, was a 26-part documentary series chronicling major historical events during the twentieth century through interviews with those who witnessed/were affected by them. Ranging from a person who saw Queen Victoria in 1900, to an eyewitness of the Kennedy asassination in 1963, it was superbly narrated by Sean Barrett and Veronica Hyks. The series employed an extensive range of archive material to present a compelling visual narrative. An ambitious, groundbreaking series which emerges as truly unmissable.
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